What is Hitachi Doing with Its New Job Light?

hitach ktl218c

Where would we be without our job lights? Can we even remember a time without them? Probably. But with all innovations, we quickly become used to them and start expecting to seem them on the spec sheet of our latest power tool purchases.

And why not? Having a well lit work area via a job light is a boon to us, especially if our work environment isn't blessed with buckets of natural light.

So, if we're crawling about under floors, up in attics, or simply inside kitchen cabinets, that bright light affixed to our power tool has been a God-send.

Of course, with all refinements and improvement in technology we can expect a certain amount of evolution. LED job lights, shining bright, white pools of light onto our work area is now the norm.

So, what are Hitachi doing with their new job light?

Hitachi KTL218c

That's it there on the right-hand-side of the WHDL/L4 impact driver, part of the KTL218C lithium-ion twin pack, pointing heaven-ward like John the Baptist in a da Vinci painting.

What possibly could Hitachi be thinking?

After all, don't sensible power tool manufacturers place the LED job light just above the trigger?

Perhaps they do.

But could there be some level of method in Hitachi's apparent madness?

Maybe. Just maybe.

You see, the job light isn't just a job light. It's also a belt clip.

And like all good belt clips on modern power tools, it's adjustable. In this case, not just from side to side (ie. moving it from the right to the left side of the tool), but also up and down.

Basically, then, your belt hook is your job light, and your job light is your belt hook.

Press the button on the rear of the battery housing, and the hook is adjustable.

But that, obviously, affects the beam of the job light.

Rather than your job light being static due to it's fixed position just above the trigger, you get to control where the light shines.

In practice, this makes your job light considerably more useful; you can fine tune exactly where the beam of light goes.

Obviously, being able to move the light from one side of the machine to the other is essential, otherwise, left-handed folks (like me) would find their hand blocking the beam...

You can also find the light and hook on Hitachi's DV18DL combi drill, see below.


What do you think of this idea from Hitachi? Genius or misguided?

Let us know in the comments, Facebook or Twitter.

And check out our demo video here.


Toolstop on Thu, 17 May 2012 17:01:19 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I hope the newer model and it's uniquely positioned joblight is better for you Wayne

Wayneburgess63 on Thu, 17 May 2012 14:26:13 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I had the older model drill which i passed on to my Son the drill was great but the light was about as much use as wearing a flat cap on a motorbike. LOL  :)

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